What does this image conjure within you? An Odyssey…a heroic journey? A quest….toward….what…? What does success even mean and look like? I believe we are embarking on an entirely new concept of what it means to achieve success. Success is not a destination…
What are the characteristics and ingredients of a successful life and career?
Daily practice of our values with clarity and priority of what is most important is the main ingredient for success. Another element of success is learning from a myriad of corrections to arrive, only to experience the challenge of fluidity and change to keep our lives open and growing. Achievement with a sense of mastery and accomplishment is enjoyed by many people once they enter a stage of satisfaction in their lives.
As a wise mentor shared, the more we know, the more there is to know. I believe it is to this end that the motivation and ultimate drive for excellence deepens, acquiring the “wisdom of foolishness” as Martin Hellman, Ph.D. has shared.
Life is precious. I have decided to add two more words to our logo – to live with purpose, passion, prosperity as well as presence and play contributes to success.
Self Care and a Healthy Life are Necessary Steps to Take on the Quest
Priority of self care and relationship are pivotal steps to success. Often activities we fit into our already full life, these nurturing activities must be moved to the forefront of our lives.
Laughter, creativity, ease, fun and play contribute meaning to our lives and increase our holistic sense of wellness, joy, connection and success.
They are really not an option. They are the most important indicators of a healthy, whole-hearted life. It they are missing, we need to restructure our expectations and lifestyle to transform our perspective to one that puts self care front and center.
As research indicates, through the work of Dr. Brené Brown, we must take heed.
“ If we want to live a whole-hearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.”
Let’s ask ourselves these questions – what is playful and restorative….how can I initiate and increase moments of breathe and balance every day so I’m living a life of success. As many have stated- we are, after all, human beings, not human doings! Ahhhh, yes!
We also now know that during these moments of rest our imagination and curiosity can be present, and have a chance to opt in. This contributes to greater creativity and innovation in every area of our life, which then leads to greater and more successful outcomes.
In 2013, Arianna Huffington defined success to graduates of Smith College,
“well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder and to give back.”
Success in the Workplace
When we are in sync with what is important and open to growth and creativity, it definitely increases flow and positivity. If there is connection and a well-designed strength-based team, purposeful leadership can ensue and a thriving and energized
workplace, whatever the size, can be transformed for a genuine and sustainable model of success.
We are joining in this revolution to build as Daniel Pink articulates in Drive, an ultimate sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose!
Success Requires Transforming Locomotives into Kayaks
To negotiate this new normal we don’t need locomotives, as Dr Martha Beck describes. We are no longer on a track or ladder. We need kayaks. It’s not easy, letting go of the chug-chug, iron-engine mindset. Kayaking, after all, is much less stable than riding a train, but these days that’s a huge advantage. This new approach allows you to go with the flow of change, turn quickly in any direction to avoid danger or pursue opportunity and pop upright again after you’ve gone under entirely (try doing that on a train).
Self Care Exercise
Playtime is one of the best ways you can care for your self. Do you allow yourself playtime on a weekly basis? Playtime entails doing something that brings joy to your life. This is time for you, not for your family or professional endeavors. Playtime can be used to journal, explore your creativity, play outdoors or take in some culture. Carve out two hours every week for playtime and maintain this as a sacred step on your quest.
Leave a comment and tell me how you plan to play next week, and what you will do to safeguard this block of time. We would also love to hear your thoughts on the ingredients of a successful life. I’d love to hear from you!
Recommended Reading or Website Viewing
- Martha Beck, PhD, Steering By Starlight and Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
- Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell Is Human
- Julie Clow, The Workplace Revolution
- Dr. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection
Here’s to our every success!